Details released in Officer Josh Hastings multiple suspensions

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We now know the details of what led to a Little Rock police officer being suspended six times in five years.

    Today's THV told you about Patrol Officer Josh Hastings and his history with the force Tuesday. He's currently on paid leave pending an investigation into an on-the-job shooting that happened in August. That's when he fired at a vehicle with car-breakin suspects inside. The incident resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy.

    According to LRPD, none of the prior instances warranted a termination. We now know what those instances are.

    In July 2008, he received a one-day suspension for failure to log proper documents in a case and failing to notify the right personnel. He also wrongly identified a suspect.

    Hastings found a driver's license in a stolen car and identified that person as the suspect. Police later found that man and learned he had been in a wheelchair since 1998.

    In December 2009, he was put on a one-day suspension for wrecking a patrol car. The damages totaled more than $8,000.

    In July 2010, Hastings received a 10-day suspension for responding to a call out of district. The police report shows he failed to activate emergency equipment, lied to dispatch about location, and drove at unsafe speeds.

    Then from May 2011 to November 2011, Hastings received six days of suspension for failure to attend court after being subpoenaed. This resulted in six DWI cases being dismissed or continued.

    His fifth suspension was in August 2011. It was a single day suspension for not having his dash cam audio and video recording while he transported a suspect.

    And finally, Hastings received 15 days suspension when he was found asleep in a patrol car in March of this year.


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